2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes an Option for Vezalay

January 22nd, 2016

Vezalay was a strong and consistent performer for Team Corstens through the recent Spring Carnival and will likely target a race like the 2016 Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) during The Championships.

Vezalay will be set for a race like the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes upon resuming this time. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Vezalay will be set for a race like the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes upon resuming this time. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Vezalay returned to racing last time for an impressive win in the Beveridge Williams Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on August 16th; progressing to third in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) before a luckless run for sixth in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) on September 12th.

Running on for fourth in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) on September 19th, the Shamardal mare has not been seen at the races since charging home to take out the Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m) on Caulfield Cup Day.

Leon Corstens told Racing Victoria the four-year-old has taken favourably to her time away from racing and will be set for an appearance in the 2016 Queen Of The Turf Stakes upon resuming this time.

“I’m really pleased with her,” Corstens said.

“She came down with a bit of a virus so we missed the last run here at Flemington with her.

“She’s done really well while she was out, but I’d like to see her trial before deciding where we go.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we head to Sydney and we start off there instead of starting off here, we’ll just wait and see.”

Vezalay has posted three wins and as many minors through ten competitive starts since first appearing on course competitively for the Corstens in late 2014.

Resuming last autumn for second in a Moonee Valley minor over 1000m, Vezalay placed fifth in the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) before her first tilt at the highest level heralded eighth in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) in late March.

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